Care worker jailed for raping vulnerable adult while she was in respite care

|News, Sexual offences

A CARE worker from Leeds who admitted raping and impregnating a vulnerable woman in his care was given an extended sentence totalling 15 years yesterday (Monday 17 February).

Edson Munyikwa, 55, raped the non-verbal patient when he was looking after her in respite care. His crime was only discovered when the victim became pregnant as a result of the assault and began suffering a series of particularly severe fits.

When blood tests detected the pregnancy an urgent investigation began and male staff members at the care facility were suspended until the suspect could be identified. The victim’s male relatives also had to move out of the family home for five weeks and care workers were stationed at the victim’s home permanently to make sure that no men were granted access to her.

All the men who may have been able to visit the victim provided a voluntary DNA sample for testing. The tests revealed that Munyikwa, who had worked as a carer for more than 10 years, was the attacker. He pleaded guilty to rape on 13 December 2019 at Leeds Crown Court.

Vanessa Birchell-Edmondson, of the CPS, said “Munyikwa’s actions are sickening. He abused his position of trust and targeted an extremely vulnerable woman who lacked the capacity to consent. She should have been safe in his care, but he took complete advantage of her for his own hideous sexual gratification.

“I would like to thank the victim’s family for the immense strength they have shown throughout this process, and I hope this sentence provides them with some comfort. Our thoughts remain with the victim and her family.”

Notes to editors

  • Vanessa Birchell-Edmondson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit
  • Edson Munyikwa (DOB: 29/05/1964) pleaded guilty to the offence of rape on 13 December 2019 at Leeds Crown Court
  • He was sentenced to a 12 year custodial sentence with a 3 year extended licence  on 17th February 2020 at Leeds Crown Court.

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